On Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at the Ministry of Digital Affairs, the “Internet of Things – Poland of the Future” conference was held. Apart from the Minister of Digitization, Marek Zagórski, the Polish entrepreneurs, local government representatives, representatives of science and administration took part in this conference. The impact of the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and 5G technology on the domestic economy was discussed.
At that time, it was assumed that up to 50 billion devices would be connected to the IT network within a year. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, this deadline has already been delayed. Perhaps it will also postpone using the IoT capabilities designated by the conference participants to 2025 so that Poland has smart cities and villages so that it does not differ in technological solutions from other countries in the world so that the “Poland of the future” is created. Will we make up for the time lost by Covid-19?
A comprehensive report was presented during the meeting: “IoT in the Polish economy”, prepared by the Working Groups for the Internet of Things, established in August 2018 at the Ministry of Digital Affairs. Representatives of industry chambers of commerce attended the work on the report, employers’ unions and associations, social organizations, and entrepreneurs, including us, the Inventia company – the manufacturer of the professional AGREUS solution, a system supporting growers in making agrotechnical decisions.
We are honored to be able to create a chapter on Agriculture and Environmental Protection. Recently, widely commented activities aimed at restoring the original state of the surrounding nature, natural resources, optimizing groundwater use, increasing the security of food production and supply, including by rationalizing the fertilization of farmlands, orchards and gardens, are aimed at solving significant civilization problems. We are facing the destruction of the Earth. Scientists predict that if we do not stop destructive activities in 2050, water resources will run out.
Each of the solutions described in the report, supporting activities for the development of the Polish economy based on the concept of the Internet of Things, was presented at the conference in short presentations. The President of Inventia, Jerzy Białousz, discussed the benefits of installing the AGREUS® system in the areas covered by metering. He pointed out that we cannot control the climatic conditions, but we can prevent the effects they cause.
Currently, the eSAD system, currently AGREUS®, is the result of cooperation between Inventia and Professor Waldemar Treder from the Institute of Horticulture in Skierniewice. Its operation is based on a network of sensors from which data is sent to the heart of the system, i.e. the base station using the LoRa wireless radio network. By connecting the station to the Internet, it is possible to provide data to the AGREUS portal working in the cloud. Farmers use the collected data to conduct analyzes necessary to optimize plant vegetation conditions and control the entire farm from any place on Earth.
Acknowledgement from the Ministry of Digital Affairs to President Jerzy Białousz
The use of IoT solutions in agriculture will support the management and optimization of food production, which seems necessary for the conditions of the constantly growing population of consumers, who have more critical requirements for the quantity and quality of food ever. It will also intensify the activities related to environmental monitoring combating droughts, increasing soil salinity, smog, and water pollution.
We encourage you to read the report, paying particular attention to pages 72-79, from which you will learn what the scope of the use of IoT in the agricultural industry is and what functions can be taken over by the intelligent AGREUS® system by Inventia, which will undoubtedly allow for the solution of pressing problems of Polish agriculture and, what is equally important, it will contribute to the improvement of the condition of the natural environment.